Recent Warrnambool winner Gredington could be stepped right up in class this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with his Cranbourne-based trainer Pat Hyland looking at a Caulfield Guineas 2015 campaign with the up-and-comer.
Over the weekend the two-year-old Magnus colt scored his second win at start number six in the $35,000 Nevcon Structural Steel 2YO Handicap (1300m) at Warrnambool with a narrow victory over the Peter Moody-trained Just One Moment.
Gredington has twice been tested in Group company in Melbourne when eighth to Of The Brave in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield in mid-February and an improved fourth behind Jameka in the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington a month later during the autumn.
Hyland was impressed with the way the rising three-year-old handled the Heavy (8) Warrnambool track on Sunday to come from last-to-first and win by a nose over the $2.20 favourite in betting when carrying the 59kg top weight.
Convinced Gredington could handle even more distance than the 1400m he’s been over so far, Hyland named the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) over the mile on October 10 as a possible spring aim for the youngster.
“It was a great effort,” Hyland told Racing Live on Sunday.
“I gave up after the first 50 yards when she (apprentice Jackie Beriman) got back that far.
“But I think he could be a Guineas horse and he was here at Warrnambool on a wet day.
“He’s a very promising horse. I think we’re going to have a lot of fun with him.”
Beriman said that she took Gredington back knowing it was either that or get trapped wide, and was full of post-win enthusiasm for the horse’s future.
“He’s a really nice horse with a bright future,” she said.
Other notable Caulfield Guineas-bound horses this spring to date include the Peter Morgan & Craig Widdison-trained Green Card who recently won over 1100m at Caulfield by four lengths and Pride Of Dubai.
Street Cry colt Pride Of Dubai has already won over $1.36 million in prize money for Peter & Paul Snowden who prepare the dual Group 1 winner.
Pride Of Dubai won the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne in February and the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) in Sydney this April, and is likely to go into the Guineas via a run in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on September 12.
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